Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring YA Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to the Spring 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt! I'm so excited to be doing this for the third time, because each Hunt gets better and better.

This event was first organized by author Colleen Houck to give readers advance peeks at exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors. (During the winter hunt, I posted the gut-wrenching first chapter of SHINE, provoking tears and screams all across the internetz. Sorry! If it helps, my bonus content for this Scavenger Hunt is sort of a sequel to the first chapter. It may ease your fears for Zachary...or not.)

In the Scavenger Hunt, not only will you get exclusive content and hopefully learn about some great new (or new-to-you) authors, but you can also win some amazing prizes. At each stop, pick up a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, then enter to win--one lucky winner will receive 20 signed books, one book from each author on each of three teams: Red, Yellow, and Blue. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

That's right, there are 3 contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter all three for a total prize bucket of SIXTY signed books! I am a part of the RED TEAM (which makes me think of the scrumptious Dolvett from Biggest Loser, but I digress).

Check out the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage for links to all the authors participating and a list of the prizes up for grabs. If you get stuck at any point during the hunt, visit the I'm stuck! page to find out what to do next.


Directions: Hidden within my post is a single letter colored red. Make a note of that letter, because it's a part of a scrambled phrase. When you go to all the author sites of the Red Team, you'll have all the letters you need to enter the contest. Each post should have a link at the bottom leading to another member of the Red Team.

Entry Form: Once you piece together all the clues to the hunt, fill out the form for the grand prize. Only entries that have the completed phrase will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally. Readers under 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 1st, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct puzzle code or without contact information will not be considered.

So that's the deal. Are you ready for another dose of bonus awesome? Keep reading!

I am delighted to host Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSION and the upcoming SURRENDER (June 5, Simon Pulse).

About the Author: Elana wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. Using her boring human powers, she graduated from Southern Utah University with Summa Cum Laude honors in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.

In her world, Oreos and bacon would be the only food groups. Everyone would drive 10 over the speed limit, and winter would be eliminated as a season.

Find out more at


The thrilling and seductive sequel to POSSESSION puts love on the line in a dystopian struggle for independent thought. Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque….

Elana's exclusive content is a character readers will see in SURRENDER, the sequel to POSSESSION, which is coming on June 5, 2012. His name is Cannon Lichen, and he's matched to the narrating main character, Raine Hightower.

Illustration by Dustin Hansen (click the image for a larger version)

Both Raine and Cannon are part of The Insider's Case Files, a booklet of exclusive art and character facts you can enter to win at Elana's blog. There will only be 50 of these printed, and the content will never be released online, so you definitely want to check it out. Find out more about the booklet here and read the rules for entry here.

And that's not all! You can enter to win a signed hardcover or an e-copy (Kindle or Nook) of POSSESSION by tweeting that you've seen this exclusive content on the Red loop of the YA Scavenger Hunt. Click here. Then click "Tweet." (Note: you might need to log in to Twitter after the first click if you're not already logged in.)

(EDITED TO ADD: some have commented that their Twitter accounts won't let them post pre-composed tweets. Feel free to simply copy and paste Elana's tweet:

I saw @ElanaJ's exclusive content for the #YAScavengerHunt on @jsmithready's blog and entered to win #Possession!

into your twitter thingie and tweet it that way.)


Though I'm giving away a signed copy of SHINE (SHADE trilogy Book 3) as part of the Red Team Grand Prize, for my own hosted giveaway I'd like to give new readers who may not have heard of me a chance to start the SHADE trilogy from the beginning.

So I'm giving away TEN copies of SHADE (Book One). Because why not? They are perched on my shelf, hoping someone will give them a loving home. Sometimes late at night, I think I hear them sigh.

Giveaway is open to international entries.

(EDITED TO ADD: This contest is now closed. Winners have been notified by email using the address left on the form. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and entered!)

To continue the Scavenger Hunt, go to the next stop at the home of author S.L. Naeole. Again, for more information, you can always check out the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage for links to all the authors participating and a list of the prizes up for grabs. If you get stuck at any point during the hunt, visit the I'm stuck! page to find out what to do next.

Happy Hunting!

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This is my first scavenger hunt, but I did the YAmazing Race back earlier this year, and I loved it - because of all the great new books I found! I've never heard of the Shine books before, but I am so looking forward to reading them!

Also, I clicked on the link to tweet for a e-copy of Possession, but it said I wasn't eligible on my account. Can I just tweet normally? :(

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/29/2012 3:16 PM

So fun! My first YA Scavenger Hunt... I was actually commenting because I had the same problem as Hannah... I can't tweet about Elana's contest for Possession! I will enter a generic tweet and hope it works!

Posted by: Blogger Addicted to Paleo at 3/29/2012 3:22 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Addicted to Paleo at 3/29/2012 3:22 PM

I'm sure that'll work, Hannah. Just copy and paste the content of Elana's tweet into yours.

Hope you enjoy all the new books you discover today! :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/29/2012 3:23 PM

Thank you. Those books sound very interesting!!

Posted by: Blogger digitalangel3 at 3/29/2012 3:46 PM

Gosh, I just realized I answered wrong - it's my first scavenger hunt, not second. Sorry!!!

Thank you so much for this incredible giveaway!!!

Posted by: Blogger smiling_ina at 3/29/2012 4:20 PM

LOL, that's okay, Ina! I just added that question for my own curiosity. :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/29/2012 4:25 PM

Always heard such great things about the Shade Series, thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a copy:) Fist time YA Scavenger!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/29/2012 4:57 PM

I have been wanting to read your Shade series for awhile now! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

I'm really excited to read Possession as well; my book club is actually reading it later this year!

Thanks so much for taking time to participate in the YASH; this is my first time taking part and I'm overwhelmed but in a good way!!
Laura My Enchanted Bookshelf

Posted by: Blogger Laura @ My Enchanted Bookshelf at 3/29/2012 5:39 PM

I already have shade so I won't enter to win it because we can always use more people in the #kiltnation otherwise know as #TeamKilt !!!! And for u guys who don't know Jeri is the most rockiness full of awesomsauce author ever!!!

Posted by: Blogger jware at 3/29/2012 6:27 PM

First timer and it's so much fun already! Thanks for the extra giveaway. :)

Posted by: Blogger Devan @ Book Strings at 3/29/2012 6:41 PM

I'm having fun on this Scavenger Hunt!
Thanks for being a part of it Jeri.
All the best,
RK Charron

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/29/2012 7:23 PM

I love scavenger Hunts, they are so fun. Thank you for being a part of it.

Posted by: Blogger Amy at 3/29/2012 8:38 PM

Thanks for the chance to win Shade! I'm excited about this whole scavenger hunt. So much fun.

Posted by: Blogger Amy S. at 3/29/2012 9:14 PM

Thank you for the extra giveaway! :)

Posted by: Blogger Sea Glass at 3/29/2012 11:15 PM

I love love love Shade series! And I love Possession too =)
As much as I want to win another copy of Shade, I think I'll give the other readers a better chance to win, since I already have an eBook, an audible, and a hardcover copy! =)

Hugs and Love,
April @Books4Juliet

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/29/2012 11:33 PM

Thanks for participating in the YA hunt and for hosting an amazing giveaway! This is my second Scavenger hunt and it's just as fun as the first one!

Posted by: Blogger The More the Merrier at 3/29/2012 11:38 PM

Thanks for offering 10 copies! I love this scavenger hunt! If only there was no winter...

Posted by: Blogger Rachel at 3/30/2012 12:28 AM


Thanks for the chance to win Shade. It's always fun to start a new series! =)

Posted by: Blogger Enbrethiliel at 3/30/2012 9:54 AM

Mmm... oreos and bacon. Nice to meet you, Jeri! This is my first scavenger hunt. :D

Posted by: Blogger Jasmine Walt at 3/30/2012 11:57 AM

Thank you so much for participating in the hunt and for the giveaway! I have really been looking forward to this!

Posted by: Blogger Mama Lee at 3/30/2012 12:05 PM


thanks you a lot for this international giveaway, i really hope to discover your book(s)

it's my second hunt and this one is really difficult for me ç_ç ( not my native language so that's perhaps teh reason but it's hard)

Posted by: Blogger miki at 3/30/2012 12:30 PM

THANK YOU!!! I loved learning more about Possession and Elana!!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/30/2012 9:30 PM

I did the Tweet about Possession with any problem :) thank you for the giveaway.

Posted by: Blogger Juana Andrade at 3/30/2012 10:12 PM

I'm loving this Scavenger hunt!
Thanks a lot for the giveaway :)

Posted by: Blogger Evie at 3/30/2012 10:50 PM

my first scavenger hunt!! wish me luck :)

Posted by: Blogger sienny at 3/31/2012 9:05 AM

Gah! I'm so pumped! This is a blast. Thanks for participating & for the amazing giveaway!! :)

Posted by: Blogger Litza at 4/01/2012 3:25 AM

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